Posted by: excharisma | March 3, 2009

Scripture Truth Verses Spiritual Experience

 

Scripture Truth Verses Spiritual Experience

 

Jude 1:3-4 – 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

My study of apologetics (study of cults and other religions) is what helped me to break away from the false beliefs and cultic mindset of Charismania. Apologetics begins with learning the true biblical doctrines of Christianity in order to defend against false doctrines and heresy.

To give an example of what apologetics is I will use the analogy of bank tellers learning how to spot counterfeit money. Tellers are taught to spot counterfeit money by not studying the counterfeit but by studying and knowing real currency. They learn what it looks like and feels like and become knowledgeable of the real, then the false and counterfeit are easily spotted. The way we combat false doctrines and false teachers is for us as Christians to learn true biblical theology so that way we can learn the false from the true.

Sadly, we are part of a modern church that has down-played biblical theology and has instead embraced experiential spirituality. Some examples that immediately come to mind are ‘slain in the Spirit’, holy laughter, being ‘drunk or high’ in the Spirit, speaking in gibberish (oops) I meant speaking in tongues, and/or seeing angels, demons, or God. It seems that for a teacher/preacher or ministry to have credibility was to have signs and wonders and supernatural experiences but not to be a credible teacher of the Word of God (Bible).

The false signs and wonders that the false teachers of Charismania that they say prove their credibility are found no where in scripture. You see when Martin Luther nailed up his 95 thesis on that famous door in Wittenburg, it included what was part of all the Reformers (past and contemporary to Luther) basic biblical belief that the Scriptures were sufficient. The sufficiency of Scriptures is a foundational teaching of the true church that says all of our faith and practice is based solely on the Bible. All that we believe, that we experience, that is legitimate, that is truth is found solely in the Word of God and in nothing and no-one else.

All of the being ‘slain’ in the Spirit is not found in the Bible except for Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5) and I don’t think that’s what their promoting. No where is their holy laughter but the Bible does say to be joyful in the Lord but not laughing like a lunatic in an asylum. And don’t get me started on the idiots that have passed off being drunk or high in the Spirit (e.g.-http://www.redlettermin.com – these poor souls believe they can “toke the Holy Ghost” and get drunk on “Godka” and it’s their apostolic, end-time ministry – their words not mine).

These are seemingly extreme examples you might say but any so-called spiritual experience outside of the Word of God (the Bible) is a false experience and any false experience must be treated as heresy.

What can we do as Christian leaders and layman; we need to hold people accountable to God’s word and to teach God’s Word (true, systematic, biblical theology). The cure for the false is the true. Let’s get back to the basics of the Bible and study and teach God’s truth.

http://excharismania.blogspot.com/2009/01/scripture-truth-vs-spiritual.html

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